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2nd February 2009

Sarcococca hookeriana digyna .
The Sarcococca are delightful evergreen shrubs that will produce low suckering clumps and do best in some shade. If that was all, they would be consigned to the shrubby underskirts of the larger gardens, and that would be an end to it. Fortunately the winter flowers are scented with a sweetness that flows through the garden like an invisible river. In an enclosed space it might even be described as pungent!
One of the especial joys of a new planting in the garden is the opportunity to fill the little spaces with delights like these. The new Camellia hedge is already looking as though it will keep the wind under control (which is its primary purpose) and the spaces to pop a few extra joys among them have been used up!

2nd February 2009

Helleborus x hybridus Double Apricot .
The purpose of the windbreak is to protect the Hellebores, now I have cut down the Pine trees! It might be wishful thinking, but I can already see the Hellebores enjoying the extra light and moisture that the Pines were keeping from them.
This double apricot is a stunning beauty. I have had it for several years, and have now raised a few little friends for it to make a decent clump.
A few years ago I planted a large number of young seedlings up in the beds, and they are just coming into flower. So far there is nothing to set the heart racing, but they will make a fine show in time.

2nd February 2009

Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin' .
Much as I enjoy this little Iris hybrid, it is clear that the snails prefer it more, the edges of the petals have been a bit nibbled, but it is only just spring, and every little bit of colour is welcome.
This one prospers in a pot, and it once did well in the ground, but after a few years it started to fade. I should probably have moved them to a fresh position, but I didn't get around to it until it was too late. Now I grow them in pots and enjoy them just as much.

2nd February 2009

Galanthus 'Barbaras Double' .
This is a lovely tidy double flowered snowdrop. I have had it for a couple of years, and when it makes a couple of extra bulbs in the pot I will plant it out in the woods, where it will look down on the Hellebores and be cheered. It is a wonder I have managed to get a photo - the wind has reached hurricane force up there today. Ernest Shepard drew an illustration of Piglet in the great autumn wind, with his ears streaming out behind him like the snowdrops today.
Usually I like to know something about the background of snowdrops, but for the moment I think it is better that I remain in ignorance of "Barbara". Someone chose this snowdrop to remind themself of her. Perhaps she has an enormous arse!

Acorus Alocasia Anemone Arisaema Arum Asarum Aspidistra Begonia Bromeliads Camellia
Carnivorous Cautleya Chirita Chlorophytum Clivia Colocasia Crocosmia Dionaea Drosera Epimedium
Eucomis Fuchsia Galanthus Hedychium Helleborus Hemerocallis Hepatica Hosta Impatiens Iris
Liriope Ophiopogon Pinguicula Polygonatum Ranunculus ficaria Rhodohypoxis Rohdea Roscoea Sansevieria Sarracenia
Scilla Sempervivum Tricyrtis Tulbaghia Utricularia Viola odorata Watsonia

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